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[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/29/gulf.oil.slick.gi.art.jpg caption="The amount of oil leaking from a sunken rig in the Gulf of Mexico has increased to as much as 5,000 barrels a day, a Coast Guard official said late Wednesday."]

Oil rig leak may be 5 times bigger than first believed

(CNN) – The estimated amount of oil leaking from a sunken rig in the Gulf of Mexico has increased to as much as 5,000 barrels a day - five times more than what was originally believed, a Coast Guard official said late Wednesday.

Rear Adm. Mary Landry told reporters that the increased estimate is based on analysis from the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She noted that there are "a lot of variables" in calculating the rate of the spill.

"This is not an exact science when you estimate the amount of oil," she added. "However, NOAA is telling me now that they prefer we use the 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons) a day as an estimate of what has actually leaked from this well and will continue to leak until BP secures the source."

Some 250,000 gallons of oily water has been collected from the scene, she said. Read more

Senate to begin debating Wall Street reform bill

Let the debate begin. The Senate agrees to take up the Wall Street reform bill after Republicans back down and drop their opposition. But now comes the hard part. Both parties still need to work out their differences. So how close are we to changing the way Wall Street does business? We're live in Washington this morning with new information.

Happy doctors, satisfied patients

Picture this: A medical facility where doctors are not over-worked, waiting rooms are not jammed to capacity, and patients are thrilled with the quality of care they receive. It's an experiment that's leaving some health care critics speechless in Seattle. Our Elizabeth Cohen reports for the final installment of our special series, "Prescription for Waste."

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  1. Gayle Logan

    What happened to the hundreds of unused trialor homes for homeless people who were victims of the flooding crises? Those trailors could help shelter the homeless people in Haiti. Aircraft carriers could transport hundreds of trailors to Haiti.Gayle

    April 29, 2010 at 9:15 am |
  2. Steve

    5 times the size? Are we really suprised? Not me. Its so typical for the oil companys to minimize their disaters. If this oil rig had been hit by a hurricane we would be paying 50 cents more a gallon at the pumps.

    April 29, 2010 at 9:09 am |
  3. Amir

    This is a really good show. 🙂

    April 29, 2010 at 9:07 am |
  4. Sergio

    Melon,
    Are you living in a fantasy world? George W. Bush, BARELY won his two elections, the first decided by a conservative supreme court, and the second by a tiny margin. While Obama has won his election 365 to 173 electoral votes. Compare that to Bush's win of 271 to 267 in 2000 and in 2004 vs Kerry he won with 286 to 252. Remember that Gore actually won the popular vote. For you to say that we barely won the election, is typical conservative misinformation. It just goes to show how poorly informed you are.

    April 29, 2010 at 9:06 am |
  5. MeLoN

    Sergio.. you just missed what was said on CNN apparently. The reason Hutchinson said that the GOP was holding out was that the Democrats had a clause for Government bailouts for Wall St. The GOP is opposed to that.

    April 29, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  6. al mackenzie

    If a person breaks into my house because he is hungry THEN FEED HIM. Its the christian thing to do right?

    April 29, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  7. Bernard J. Mandeville III

    Steven Hawkins is brilliant. He is so right about the nomad alien colony wanting to take over the earth. Right now, as we speak, it is sitting behind Saturn right now. Na-No Na No.

    April 29, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  8. al mackenzie

    Gore won an election as well...but it was stolen by GOP judges. And I believe that all you have to do is win the election not win a clear majority...your rules...live by them. I have seen the Dems bend to the will of the GOP to try for a by-partisan solution to problems. I havn't seen the GOP try to be by-partisan at all. The party of NO opposes everything the Dems try to do....it is civil war without the guns. Best kind of war as far as I'm concerned but they are working against the best interests of their own country. Sad really...the GOP is blinded by their own rhetoric.

    April 29, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  9. al mackenzie

    Those Katrina trailers were contaminated with formaldehyde....not fit for human habitation.

    April 29, 2010 at 8:50 am |
  10. Don

    ther are people wanting to help, someone needs to hook these folks up with BP
    matteroftrust dot org

    April 29, 2010 at 8:50 am |
  11. WHY

    Drill, Drill, Drill, = Spill, Spill, Spill.

    April 29, 2010 at 8:50 am |
  12. Sergio

    Melon,

    Democrats did not, and do not WANT to give bailouts. The reform they are proposing makes a bail-out fund from the banks own money to insure that the taxpayers never have to bail them out again. Also, the bail-out money given to the banks is being re-payed with interest. Why do you say democrats want to give bail-outs, when, in fact, they are proposing to make taxpayer bailouts illegal and limiting the banks size so they wont get to big to fail, so they wont even need the bank funded bail-out. what is the republican plan? To defend wall street's interests by killing debate. I think it is you that needs to pay more attention.

    April 29, 2010 at 8:48 am |
  13. John W. wilson

    I have Group Health. I feel you were only allowed to talk to the satisfied customers. You showed where the doctor only saw 24 patients a day. The first time I went to a Group Health clinic was in January. I had a 4pm appointment and there was a full waiting room. I did not get out of the doctors office till after 6:30. I know he was seeing more than 24 patients. I moved up to Washington from Alabama. When I got my bill what the insurace company paid for the office visit I was shocked. I am on disabilty so I have medicare along with the Hmo. The office visit was over $450. In alabama it would not have been over $100 for a cardioligist. I was not seeing a specialist at group health. I was told it was normal for them to over charge. I have been scheduled for return visits in a month or less. I was also scheduled for a eye exam by a group health eye doctor. Also scheduled for a appointment with a Group Health cardiologist. I can not afford the $35 co – pat to see them all in one month. I saw a doctor about every 3 months in alabama. Cardiolist about every 3 to 6 months. They want tests done more often also. If you have plenty of money for co-payments I am sure you would like the service with Group health. I don't think you got a complete look of Group Heath. I have found doctors in Washington or with Group Health are not used to treating poor patients. They are not used to patients saying they can't afford the co-payment so often. So that is why they can see a smaller patient load. They have their patients returning at least once a month. I did not get sicker just because I moved from Alabama to Washington. That don't make sense. I plan to move back to Alabama as soon as I can. I am locked in the medicare Hmo plan I have. It can not be changed until I move out of theri area or end of the year.

    April 29, 2010 at 8:48 am |
  14. Randall of Texas

    I sold a house to a man and his wifefrom Mexico. They were here in last year of a program where they went to Dallas each Wednesday to become naturalized citizens which bth are right now.

    I owner financed the home with not a single penny of interest. When I went over there to get the monthly payment I had to converse with their 3rd grade daughter as the parents only knew Spanish.

    He was a gerd manager on a dairy. He managed 250 Holstein cows in which he had to know when to doctor them and dry them up when they became pregnant. They paid the house off 5 years early and built a garage on it and remodled the house wonderfully. He has since bought two additional houses where they have moved his mother-in-law and his family. They have had a son since and they pays taxes and make solid citizens.

    So I know that this naturaliztion program can be reused and re-opened. But if these that are in this country are smart enough to know that they aren't supposed to be here then they are smart enough to know that they are committing a felony and must forfeit their right to vote for the payment for citizenship. After naturalization their children can certainly have the right to vote.

    April 29, 2010 at 8:45 am |
  15. Joe

    i cannot belive that cnn is putting three illegal aliens on there show your as bad as the people employing them .whers the police these people are breaking the law!!!!! If they were white and criminals i would bet there would be police waiting for them .Instead they are being Called heros .What is wrong with these people ? just obey the law and get your green card!!!!!

    April 29, 2010 at 8:43 am |
  16. Cognition

    This a bout the immagration law how do you enter a country illegally and then expect for everyone to have sympathy for you and you know you entered the country illegally as for the single out a race as being a racial profile that have been going on for some time now in black communities the blacks have been going thruogh that police officers target black males all the time and they do stop black males for any made up or legit reason thats a fact no one say that is racial profiling.

    April 29, 2010 at 8:42 am |
  17. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Obama seams to want to give sanctuary to illegals so why dont they just migrate to Washington D.C.

    April 29, 2010 at 8:40 am |
  18. Terry

    Bottom line is they are ILLEGAL! They or their parents chose to violate US law by entering the country illegally I will not feel sorry for them, in North Georgia we have more illegals than natural born citizens, naturals that can't find a job because of the illegals and when they do wages are lower than 10 years ago. Illegals do nothing but hurt the people who are here legally

    April 29, 2010 at 8:40 am |
  19. Bernard J. Mandeville III

    I am just curious why we cannot bring in large oil tankers, coral the oil and pump the oil/ and some water mix into the oil tankers. We can then refine the end product. We drill miles into porus rock underground everyday, and then suck up the oil & water mix. We then refine and seperate the water, and other purities out of the oil. We could save the enviroment by doing this , and save the oil for consumption use. I don't know mabe they figure it's to large of a project or something. There has to be a reason why they will not do this. The good thing about this , is that they know where the oil is su unlike under ground oil, they won't have to search for it. With the oil coming out everyday because they can't shut it off, it sounds logical to me and many people I have talked to about this.

    April 29, 2010 at 8:40 am |
  20. kevin

    please tell the woman you just had on to actually READ the arizona bill

    April 29, 2010 at 8:38 am |
  21. MeLoN

    The "I have roots here" argument is irrelevant. He shouldn't have been here in the first. Those illegal aliens on CNN should be arrested and deported NOW.

    If a person breaks into your house because they are hungry – should they be allowed to stay if they wash the dishes?

    April 29, 2010 at 8:38 am |
  22. dave

    whydebate?illegal still remains illegal. they can not ask for rights if they are illegal.

    April 29, 2010 at 8:37 am |
  23. Big Al

    Sergio
    My point is this. It’s not illegal for a black man to drive an SUV. However if law enforcement has a report that a black man driving an SUV robbed a liquor store, there’ s nothing wrong with stopping a black man driving an SUV in the area of the liquor to see if he might be the robber. Certainly not every person of Mexican descent is here illegally, but if we know that many Mexicans are crossing the border illegally there’s nothing wrong with stopping a person of Mexican descent near the border to see if he/she is here legally.

    April 29, 2010 at 8:36 am |
  24. Mark V

    Illegal immigrants are just that. Illegal. If you want to be legal, apply for legal status.
    Having lived overseas I was issued an ID card that I was required to carry at all times. The AZ law is appropriate.

    April 29, 2010 at 8:35 am |
  25. itsontv

    Sad news about the oil spill.

    April 29, 2010 at 8:34 am |
  26. MeLoN

    Police protecting and serving includes arresting all illegal aliens when and where they are found.

    The Police should go to all these anti American pro illegal aliens rallies and check papers there.

    How much crime can be attributed to illegal aliens?

    April 29, 2010 at 8:33 am |
  27. Sergio

    Steven C,
    Your argument is valid and i agree with most of it, except that Obama Actually gave NASA more money than it had before, all he did was cut the current 30 yr old shuttle program in exchange for a new long range program. and more research on traveling further than before. Long live NASA!

    April 29, 2010 at 8:33 am |
  28. al mackenzie

    Melon...how is a bank funded bail out program government funded? The banks are paying for their own bail out...not the tax-payers. That statement is a GOP buzz line....propaganda. Think for yourself. Dont be blind.

    April 29, 2010 at 8:29 am |
  29. Messiah

    Why don't investers see the Wall Street reform bill as solving the problem? When the dust settles is anyone will and will the poll turn once against Dems again?

    April 29, 2010 at 8:26 am |
  30. Claudia

    Sounds like the perfect time to take Texass Governor, Rick Perry and his posse up on their offer to let Texas secede from the Union. It would be such fun to see how their new "free and independent State" would fare on their own without any fed money to support all their 'big anti immigration' ideas. Guess the citizens of Texas would need to pony up ' realll big' to pay for all of them.

    April 29, 2010 at 8:24 am |
  31. Randall of Texas

    Item #1: What Senator Lincoln of Arkansas (Chair of Ag Committee) needs to be aware of is that the planet is just one major volcanic eruption away from cooling the earth by two degrees and shortening growing seasons and there needs to be discussion on opening up dormant local fields (such as in my agricultural area) for food growth. We could grow something to help feed parts of Dallas.

    There were babies born last night that could easily see such a horrific eruption that could easily be a horrific earth changing event and we have our national law makers wasting their time on correcting those naughty Wall Street grandchildren. How could those guys do this at such a time with their gambling.

    I wish that we could ration beef for two years and allow the cattle population increase. We can pasture these cattle and at least the men could eat the pasture cattle if the health conscious Mothers were afraid that pasture cattle weren't good enough to feed the children.

    Item #2: Mexico is breeding like rabbits and we now have eleven million or more of their citizems here so we have to adapt but as felons they can't have the right to vote!!!...

    April 29, 2010 at 8:23 am |
  32. al mackenzie

    Will any of you drive less and walk more due to this oil spill? Will you take the bus or ride a bicycle to use less oil? Probably not. We have to look at our own consumption of oil which raises demand for more oil which leads to drilling in places that we probably should not drill. We are part of the cause and effect for this oil spill. We have to remember that.

    April 29, 2010 at 8:22 am |
  33. Shannon

    Greed has gotten us where we are today.

    We are a now society, and typically suffer long term effects for short term gains.

    Millions have lost the American dream, and are now suffering a nighmare. Large corporations that used to be the back bone of American society offering middle class wages are laying off thousands, getting rid of jobs that have good health care and pensions. Work is being out sourced for a fraction of the pay and no benefits.

    April 29, 2010 at 8:21 am |
  34. Sergio

    Melon,

    Obama recently came around to off shore drilling, and I believe that because of this spill, he will withdraw his support, but wasn't it the conservatives yelling drill baby drill, while us liberals have always opposed it. Immigration... all of us want to stop illegal immigration, what we don't want is to turn our police into the gestapo. We should beef up the ICE agents, and let the police protect and serve all people, not just the ones with papers.

    Big all,
    It is because being Mexican does not automatically make you an illegal. that is our point. I have many Mexican american friends who are here legally. According to your logic, if they are in Arizona they should all be stopped. the only legal probable cause for detaining someone for being illegal is if they are crossing the fence, or swimming over the RIO Grande. What other probable cause is there? looking illegal is not a real cause for arrest. Let me ask you this... How would you prove your citizenship if you were stopped today by the Arizona Cops or ICE? and don't say Drivers license, because that proves that you passed a driving exam. My point is that even the white citizens would have a hard time proving citizenship on the spot.

    April 29, 2010 at 8:20 am |
  35. MeLoN

    Why do the Democrats insist on Government bailouts for fail companies?

    April 29, 2010 at 8:20 am |
  36. Gayle Logan

    Addendum:What( happened to those trailor homes that were sitting empty in New Orleans? Send the unsued trialors from New Orleans to Haiti.Gayle Logan

    April 29, 2010 at 8:18 am |
  37. Bee

    This is clearly a message from Mother Earth that this proverbial raping of her body will no longer be tolerated and will come with clear & irrefutable consequences!
    This continued willful ignorance is the reason we are enduring snow in the Spring, 80 degree heat in the Winter, hail the size of baseballs and sporadically vicious lightening storms and tornadoes in tandem. This capitalist, blood-sucking hegemony will cease, one way or another.

    April 29, 2010 at 8:16 am |
  38. gwendolyn lindsay-jackson

    The key to the case the S.E.C.'S case against Goldman Sachs is the ability to directly link Paulison's actions of undisclosed short sales to intentional actions by Goldman to CAUSE the mortgage failures of the securities it sold to unsuspecting clients, and not just having made a profit from these actions. The emails discovered by the S.E.C. showing Goldman's top brass Bragging about making back more money than they lost because of the Paulison short sales definitely puts the S.E.C a step closer to the smoking gun needed to prove intentional fraud but the direct causation element to induce or cause the mortgage securities to fail is not present from the evidence collected thus far.

    April 29, 2010 at 8:16 am |
  39. MeLoN

    It's unbelievable that people can watch something on tv – then twist what was actually said all out of context.

    ps.. to Al .. the Democrats won the last election... barely.

    April 29, 2010 at 8:15 am |
  40. Ron Adams

    All I can think of is where is the "drill baby drill" commentator's. This points directly to the previous lack of responsibility of the lawmakers ability or inclination to rain in big oil (corporate irresponsibility) .

    April 29, 2010 at 8:14 am |
  41. Gayle Logan

    What happens to the hundreds of unused trialor homes for homeless people who were victims of the flooding crises? Those trailors could help shelter the homeless people in Haiti. Aircraft carriers could transport hundreds of trailors to Haiti.Gayle

    April 29, 2010 at 8:12 am |
  42. MeLoN

    And the Democrats are different HOW? What you fail to grasp is that both parties are different wings of the same bird. You continue to act like the Democrats are any better. Fact is – they aren't. They act the exact same way.

    Because you write a paragraph to spew your "blame everything on the GOP while the Democrats are better" garbage won't make it true.

    April 29, 2010 at 8:11 am |
  43. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Russia used to buzz our ships all the time back in the 70's and 80's we would just moon them when they flew by .

    April 29, 2010 at 8:11 am |
  44. nancy

    There go the prices of seafood. We have got to be MORE earth conscience.

    April 29, 2010 at 8:09 am |
  45. Laura, Berwyn, PA

    It's great that they are finally taking Wall Street to task for what they have done to this country and the world. But why isn't anybody talking about some of these rich bankers paying some of the people they hurt back? My Mother had a small nest egg which would have probably lasted her another 10 years, now she'll be lucky if it lasts 4 years. She lost 60% of her money. My Husband and I got hit too but we have time to recover, my Mother does not. Why don't they have to pay back the money to the ones hardest hit by their greed.

    April 29, 2010 at 8:08 am |
  46. RobbieG

    After hearing innumerable of senators and congresspeople babbling about stuff they don't understand, Kay Bailey Hutchison was so refreshing. Brilliantly well spoken, confident and thoughtful. I live in NJ and the state is sinking under its own weight. Hmmm... where to go? Texas is a candidate 🙂

    April 29, 2010 at 8:06 am |
  47. Kevin

    @ MeLoN
    That is my frustration with this administration and I voted democratic for the first time in about 30 years. It seems to me that they (Obama, Biden, Holder, etc) say things without recognizing all the implications i.e. drilling in th e Atlantic...now this; terrorist trial....showdown with Senator Graham at the hearings; Janet Napolitano: The system worked;...I recognize the frustration over the border problem....no federal solution to implement.

    April 29, 2010 at 8:05 am |
  48. Vijay

    With things like this happening, it's more important than ever to phase out oil and find viable alternatives, and to find new ways to deal with oil spills. Why don't we know how to deal with this yet?

    April 29, 2010 at 8:02 am |
  49. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    This oil spill is going to effect every one and every thing when it rains .

    April 29, 2010 at 7:55 am |
  50. al mackenzie

    I comment on what I see and hear. Cause and effect. If you interpret that as blame then that is how you perceive it. You cant fix something if you dont know what is broken. What is broken seems to be the GOP. They seem to be working for their own purposes...to get elected...rather than what is good for the people of the US. That is called a comment Melon. That is what I perceive to be happening. If the GOP could work with the Dems the results would be fantastic but they are too busy opposing the Dems just for the sake of being against the Dems ideas. It's NO every time thus the title " party of NO". If you accept everything your leaders say blindly...then you are blind. You have to think for yourself...do your own research...and make up your own mind. Not just spout the party line. Now...more than 2 sentences please.

    April 29, 2010 at 7:52 am |
  51. frankie

    Kay Bailey Hutchinson didn't make sense. She claims that making financial institution pay into a fund in case they need to go bankrupt in an orderly way, proves that citizens would be forced to pay for bailouts. Of course orderly bankruptcy paid for by the firms themselves, would cost less than bailouts!!! She says the new rules shouldn't apply to small banks, yet it's not fair to make rules for giant institutions not middle-sized institutions. Republicans basically say whatever they want. They don't even believe Gallup polls They invent imaginary scenarios that they claim to be true, rather than working towards a good future. Give me a break.

    April 29, 2010 at 7:50 am |
  52. Bryan

    It is amazing listening to the republican Sen. Hutchinson. She is against reforming Wall St. because they will have to provide their own bail out fund...rather she would like to see fewer regulations (because that always works in the peoples favor) and let the chips fall where they may. She wants transparency yet Republican leadership meets secretly with the banks. It sounds like the republicans want a plan similar to what Goldman Sachs want....hmmm.

    April 29, 2010 at 7:50 am |
  53. MeLoN

    If Obama "understands" the people's concerns about illegal aliens and doesn't think local law enforcement should be doing it then why don't he order the FEDERAL authorities to enforce the FEDERAL laws already on the books?

    Answer – he doesn't want to control the influx of illegal aliens – it would the Democrats too many votes if the border was secure.

    April 29, 2010 at 7:46 am |
  54. Randall of Texas

    Kay Bailey Hutchison, bless her pea-picking heart spent too much of her tie hanging out with the Garden Club instead of spending anytime with the ladies in the beak room of the nurses aides in our nursing homes.

    But what she just said about the derivatives and all is right on but it was soved corectly in CNN's interview with Senator Kaufman yesterday when he told us that we should tell the banks that they have a choice to either be a financial institution or an investment banker. Break the monsters up is what he told us and Senator Kaufman is right on as was Governor Spitzer in his CNN interiew last week.

    It is time we tell these Senators that we the voters are watching their left and right hands. And the left (Kaufman) is right in this instance. Send Bank of America, etc. back to banking. Break the monsters up. They will survive afterall we just helped the huge monstousities survive.

    April 29, 2010 at 7:43 am |
  55. al mackenzie

    Melon...the GOP wants GOP reform. By holding the house and senate hostage until the Dems agree to the GOP reform is extortion and blackmail. The voters have spoken...why cant the GOP hear them? The voters backed the Dems and they won the election. The GOP is still fighting the election from last year. They remind me of a spoiled child crying because they want a toy they cant have. Suck it up and move on. It's time to run the country...not screw the Dems at every chance you get. Now...you got something constructive to say? Or are you going back to single sentence attacks?

    April 29, 2010 at 7:41 am |
  56. MeLoN

    Isn't it Obama's plan to have more off shore drilling?

    April 29, 2010 at 7:39 am |
  57. Carla

    This most recent oil spill is a perfect example of why I do not support expanding oil drilling in the U.S. AT ALL. It is in the best interest of the oil companies to neglect maintenance on their equipment, since with every incident their profits soar. It is not in their pockets' best interests to spend money on maintenance. To make matters worse, they do not even have to clean up their mess...the taxpayers do it for them. I have a similiar complaint with the power companies and the electric grid.

    April 29, 2010 at 7:37 am |
  58. Kevin

    Watching the reports on the oil spill reminds me of Bush saying "WAY TO GO, BROWNIE!" after Katrina except, I have not seen a report about Obama going to the Gulf.

    April 29, 2010 at 7:36 am |
  59. MeLoN

    lol @ Al's "blaming someone" comment. That all you have been doing... lol... and what you continue to do.

    April 29, 2010 at 7:35 am |
  60. Big Al

    If the owner of a liquor store reports that he was robbed by a black man driving an SUV is it racial profiling for law enforcement to stop a black man driving an SUV in the area of the liquor store? If we know that Mexicans are crossing the border illegally is it racial profiling to stop a Mexican near the border?

    April 29, 2010 at 7:35 am |
  61. Anthony / Tallahassee Fl

    I am a registered democrat that has become fed up with the politics of the day. I am glad that Governor Crist is a breath of fresh air, not only for the state of Florida but DC as well. During the stemilus debate Governor Crist showed concern more for the people of Florida and not his political career. He has my vote. GO CC GO!

    April 29, 2010 at 7:34 am |
  62. al mackenzie

    Jim...hospital mark-up comes from patients not paying their bills...because they are so huge. If the hospitals can collect on more of their bills...because more people are carrying insurance....then they can lower their mark-up to a more reasonable level. If you had a single-payer system then the hospital would ALWAYS get paid and the mark-up would be lower still. Public option insurance would get MORE people insured which would lower the cost of private insurance policies in order to compete with the public option. Win Win.

    April 29, 2010 at 7:33 am |
  63. Rebecca

    Cap, baby, cap. Florida's been through enough trying to recover from the foreclosure crisis – thanks Wall Street. If the spilling oil reaches our shores, the tourists simply won't visit them anymore. Florida cannot take another blow. Stop the bill to drill!

    April 29, 2010 at 7:28 am |
  64. Jane - WI

    Why no financial reform laws for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? Why are Democrats continuing to protect these 2 entities, which were at the root of our financial and housing mess? And why is no one in the media questioning their Democratic guests when they come on the show?

    April 29, 2010 at 7:27 am |
  65. paul f

    Greece's financial problems are not Goldmans doing, all large investors (including some gov) use some alternative investments – if they didn't some of you would complain that they didn't. It looks like the social services provided and paid for by taxpayers in greece had a greater impact on Greeces financial situation.

    in any large organization investment or other, alternative positions are taken – in order to make money. Sometimes you hit a homerun.

    I told my son, a high school student, Goldman is the devil – ask about governments role in creating the financial meltdown

    April 29, 2010 at 7:27 am |
  66. Jane - WI

    I wonder how many Democrats who are cheering Charlie Crist's decision to go independent were just as excited when Joe Liebermann did so?

    April 29, 2010 at 7:25 am |
  67. Jane - WI

    So a few CEOs make a lot of money.
    I'd like to see a list of what the top paid professional athletes make. The CEOs have far more responsibilities than do pro athletes. I'd also like to see a list of what the top paid celebrities make. What is their contribution to society?
    I am tired of the media piling on CEOs, but ignoring the outrageous salaries made by people who play games for a living or who simply play pretend in movies.

    April 29, 2010 at 7:24 am |
  68. al mackenzie

    So defensive George...why? No one has blamed anyone yet. Seems to me BP is to blame for this one. Blaming someone wont fix it though. Identify the problem....then fix it. Establishing blame is a waste of resources and time.

    April 29, 2010 at 7:23 am |
  69. Lew Franklin

    Tthe Petty Officer's interview on the oil slick was a waste of time. Why bother? He did not have a clue. Your producer's have to do better than that.

    Secondly, when are you going to report on the immigration laws in Mexico (like Fox did this AM)? Their laws are almost draconian yet they have the chutzpah to criticize Arizona's new law. The height of hypocrisy !

    April 29, 2010 at 7:22 am |
  70. MeLoN

    @Al .. still trying to spew untruths and lies.

    The GOP wants "reform"... just DIFFERENT than the Democrats.

    Pay attention.

    April 29, 2010 at 7:19 am |
  71. al mackenzie

    Hey Muslim....do you have any reasons for your list? Or are you just spouting what your leader told you?

    April 29, 2010 at 7:18 am |
  72. al mackenzie

    Good for you Melon....more than 2 sentences. Complaining about a problem doesnt fix it. As you said...both parties voted for it...in a by-partisan effort (dont see that much anymore). At the time everyone agreed it was a good idea. Hindsight shows it was NOT a good idea. The Dems are trying to fix the problem. The GOP wants the free-for-all to continue and stand in the way. THAT is happening today...not 10 yrs ago.

    April 29, 2010 at 7:13 am |
  73. Jim S.

    How did the geniuses in Washington even attemp to effect health care reform without addressing the issue of hospital make-ups for their services? I've never heard that part of the problem mentioned by anyone from Washington, just the insurance companies. And they think we're nieve and stupid........sheeeeeeesh!

    April 29, 2010 at 7:10 am |
  74. larkin

    It is interesting to note that Greece hired Goldman to advise them on structuring off balance sheet currency swaps that led to their bankruptcy. What is the Justice Dept waiting for? When will we see Goldman execs indicted?

    April 29, 2010 at 7:10 am |
  75. George

    And how is this Oil Spill any different than Katrina? How will George Bush and Republicans be blamed for this and ineffective cleanup response? "Change" it's Great!!!

    April 29, 2010 at 7:08 am |
  76. al mackenzie

    Tax payers now have to pay to wind down a failing bank??? Why would they kill the 50 bil fund to wind down failed banks when it is paid for by the very banks it is designed to bail out??? OMG!

    April 29, 2010 at 7:08 am |
  77. randy james

    First it was 40,000 gallons a day, now it's 210,000 gallons a day in this latest environmental disaster pursuing fossil fuels. BTW, has CNN considered investigating the tens of billions of gallons of toxic waste water being pumped into the ground every year in order to recover marginal amounts of domestic natural gas? It's bad enough that this nation has decided to ignore the potential climate disaster in progress by continuing to expand our supplies of fossil fuels, we are perfectly content to accept the near term damages as well.

    Meanwhile, we continue to spend $5-billion a year on space exploration. I guess there is a sort of twisted logic in doing so: we're destroying our home planet, so it makes sense that we find some place to go when it becomes uninhabitable.

    I am a lifelong Republican. I oppose printing money to pay the cost of our government, or paying off the losses of an entire segment of our economy which is literally corrupt (Wall Street), and should be held criminally liable under our racketeering statutes. As a business person, it is quite obvious to me that destroying our atmosphere and/or our water resources is not good for business, unless you happen to own an oil, gas or coal company.

    When is CNN going to stop trying to frame public policy in terms of Republicans vs. Democrats? How about changing the focus to Right vs. Wrong, or Common Sense vs. Personal Self-Interests?

    April 29, 2010 at 7:05 am |
  78. MeLoN

    @Al.. you really don't pay attention to anything,do you? But you do spew the party line quite well.

    Did you not see yesterday what Dodd or Levin said was the cause of the problem with Goldman-Sachs? It was the repeal of Glass-Steagall – which both Dodd and Levin voted for – along with most members of both parties and which a Democratic President (Clinton) signed into law.

    It is people like you that spew untrue garbage and lies that are the biggest stopping block as to why nothing gets accomplished by the Government.

    I would suggest if you can face or speak the truth just keep quiet then.

    April 29, 2010 at 7:03 am |
  79. David

    I'd like to hear them screaming "Drill Baby, Drill" !!! now...

    April 29, 2010 at 7:01 am |
  80. al mackenzie

    The pressure of the oil in the drill stem will keep it open. It takes alot of force to close off a well bore that is self-pressured. Your thinking is in the right direction but that wont work.

    April 29, 2010 at 7:00 am |
  81. David

    Detroit is just another example of how stupid the people who design our cities can be...you gotta wonder how stupid people get into such high positions...like designing slums...

    April 29, 2010 at 7:00 am |
  82. Randall of Texas

    Drawing an uneducated conclusion from the way I saw the oil spill explained on CNN about two days ago there was a tremendous amount of luck involved with this horrendous malfunction. What are the odds of there being a crimp in a pipe that prevents a larger spewing of oil from the leak? Might not be as lucky next time.

    I wish that teal , lavender and the dark shades of fall would come back in women's fashion. With all the awful and depressing news coming out these days I wished to women would lighten up from the black, black. black and they'd allow at least the colors of fabric to lighten things up!

    April 29, 2010 at 6:57 am |
  83. Joy

    Living on the Gulf Coast, we are saddened to see what is happening to our beautiful water and sea life. My question is, where and when is Obama going to get down here to see it for himself? I hope if and when he comes, that he will be as sickened as we are. There needs to be no further drilling here. Enough is enough.

    April 29, 2010 at 6:54 am |
  84. David Wilburn

    Why can't the government mandate that all off shore oil rigs have on the sea bottom a well head which requires power form the platform to remain open. Should this well head loose power the mechanical nature of the well head will shut closeing off the flow of oil?

    April 29, 2010 at 6:51 am |
  85. al mackenzie

    If the GOP wanted to change Wall Street regs they had 8 yrs to do it....but they didnt. Probably making too much money from the free-for-all to notice the HUGE real estate bubble. I saw it and I'm not that smart. Now that they have lost the White House they stand in the way of real Wall Street reform. Enact regulations...see how they work...tweak them where you have to. DONT stand in the way of EVERYTHING the Dems are trying to do if you love your country more than your MONEY.

    April 29, 2010 at 6:47 am |
  86. Steven C

    In regards to the question about going to other planets: I would say yes it is becoming a need to explore more of the soloar system. based on the success of the 1960's why is it we havent developed a better shuttle or had more impact on exploration of our solar system. or even exploring the seas of our own planet. OH wait i almost forgot the federal government has forgotten that it takes eggs to make an omlet. and currently nasa is being cut up because our politions are too short sighted to see the potential of exploration because they use the excuse that it may cost lives and its not safe. OH well look to our past explorers and inovators. not to mention our current federal politions are too concerned with their own greed, and self agenda's

    April 29, 2010 at 6:44 am |
  87. al mackenzie

    Investments do go up and down. But these mortgage derivatives were sold as AAA investments when the seller KNEW they were junk bonds. That seems like a con game to me. For the corp that set up the fund ( designed to fail) to then take a short position on it should be criminal, pure misrepresentation and conflict of interest. The house holds all the cards. Thats not an even playing field. Thats like playing poker with all your cards showing. My money is out of the market. I have no confidence in Wall Street.

    April 29, 2010 at 6:42 am |
  88. MeLoN

    I fail to understand why any American would be against stopping the invasion of illegal aliens. It's mind boggling. Truly.

    The US – like any other country in the world – has the right to know who is in their country.

    April 29, 2010 at 6:39 am |
  89. Muslim

    Whatever financial regulations there are to be enacted expect the following not to be included:

    1) Abolition of the Federal Reserve and Prohibition of Central Banking.
    2) Prohibition of lending money at interest.
    3) Restoration of pure money i.e., gold and silver.

    April 29, 2010 at 6:36 am |
  90. paul f

    i saw the health care piece yesterday, suprised at how shallow it was.

    the question the has not been addressed throughout this whole health insurance takeover discussion is true costs. The costs that are passed on to users and payors (insurance companies). Where is this information reported.

    How much do lawsuits cost? how many are legit and how many are frivolous? how many more tests are ordered by doctors in order to cover their backsides? what are the expenses related to health care and what are the costs related to administrative?

    April 29, 2010 at 6:32 am |
  91. al mackenzie

    Maybe this oil spill is the reason they kept the drilling platforms so far away from the coast, in case of a spill. Maybe drilling close to shore is not such a good idea. Even with all our modern technology we cant guarantee that a spill wont happen. I am VERY curious why BP's rig failed. I wonder how many fishermen will be affected by this disaster? I wonder if BP will compensate them for this spill. BP has big plans for the Canadian Arctic but they want to change the regulations...to save some money. I hope the planet can survive.

    April 29, 2010 at 6:29 am |
  92. paul f

    Regarding the "lemon law" mentioned above...most investment products may increase or decrease in value, its how investments work

    Although this is probably what our friends in congress think

    April 29, 2010 at 6:21 am |
    • Shannon

      What are the long term effects on the Eco system from this oil spill? This sounds like the perfect case study, as to not allow off shore drilling in areas where there are protected habitats or endangered species.

      April 29, 2010 at 7:38 am |
  93. MeLoN

    Actually ... Crist changed his policies after he was elected – not the party. He abandoned the people that elected him.

    April 29, 2010 at 6:20 am |
  94. MeLoN

    @Julie .. the Republicans aren't against regulations for Wall St. Both parties want regulations but both have different ideas as to HOW to do it.

    April 29, 2010 at 6:18 am |
  95. Autumn Meadows

    Have nothing to say really about financial reform. Pretty much self explanitory. We need to put all the regulations back on as it was done after the great depression and never lifted again. Both parties are responsible for voting to de-regulating the system over the past 10 years for greed and lobbyist buy offs. I hope we learned a hard lesson but I seriously doubt we did. 20 years from now people will have forgotten about it all, start attempting to de-regulate it again for greed and lobbyist...some other bubble will pop spirialing the country into economic crisis..the right will blame the left..the left the right..neither party taking personal responsibility for being part of the problem and the cycle repeats itself. Probably the only garenteed constant in this government.

    April 29, 2010 at 6:17 am |
  96. Matti

    Way to go Governer Crist! About time he stops letting a "party" choose his policy instead of the people.

    April 29, 2010 at 6:15 am |
  97. Julie

    Why are Republicans opposed to regulation of a 600 Trillion dollar market? Don't we have a lemon law against car dealers knowingly selling cars that can fail? What's wrong with having a law against bankers selling a product they think will fail/decrease in value? Just ask Alan Greenspan who testified just last year that he made a mistake in advising congress not to regulate derivatives.

    April 29, 2010 at 6:11 am |
  98. Autumn Meadows

    Ref to Happy Doctors, satisfied patients- we do have a very good system up here. We have a few community clinics here too that only charge 10 dollars for a vist. Glad I live in Seattle, use to live in the midwest..not so nice there.

    Ref to Oil spill- sad for the ocean and land that it will fall on and all the animals that will die and be impacted by the disasters. we really need to make our rigs better to avoid these kinds of incidents.

    April 29, 2010 at 6:11 am |
  99. MeLoN

    The politicians are going to"reform" Wall St.?... lol

    Doesn't anybody see the irony of this – seeing it is the politicians that caused it by repealing Glass-Steagall?

    Does the American public actually think the politicians can "fix" the problem or that they actually want to?

    April 29, 2010 at 6:07 am |
  100. MeLoN

    Good Morning CNN!

    It's tragic about the oil spill in the Gulf.

    There wasn't a plan in place for a possible accident?

    April 29, 2010 at 6:04 am |
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